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It’s Here: Titanic 3-D

April 4, 2012

An Active3D Movie Review: Titanic 3-D

Rating (out of 5 stars): *****

Let me nail my colours to the mast from the get-go: I am not, generally speaking,  fond of James Cameron’s movies, and I’ve never been a fan of the film ‘Titanic’. But, if ever a film has had new life breathed into it via the third  dimension, this has to be it.

Some reviewers who shared the press screening of this epic stereoscopic adventure, opined that it “didn’t come out of the screen enough”. They should know, however, that 3-D isn’t only about the gratuitous thrill of having swords and axes shoved in our faces (much as 3-D fans may enjoy it!). It’s about the depth, too, and the added sense of being there.

Thanks to the incredible lengths that the filmmakers had originally gone to, in order to ensure that the ship’s interiors and furnishings were faithfully reproduced, Titanic 3-D now offers you the closest experience that you’re ever likely to have of being aboard that majestic, though ill-fated giant. So, even from a historical perspective alone, it scores.

An aspect of the film that I found to be quite distracting is that Leonardo DiCaprio and Billy Zane seem to be wearing scads of make-up. I don’t remember that from earlier viewings of the film, and pondered whether it might have something to do with the stereoscopic remodelling of their faces. Other than that (and I can’t be sure that the stereoptifying process was indeed responsible for this minor irritation) the 3-D conversion, which apparently took two painstaking years over at the company Stereo D, is the best I’ve seen. I would even go so far as to say that it looks better than most movies that were originated in 3-D!

In this bold re-envisioning, even wide-brimmed hats are given the 3-D treatment (as well they ought to be) and the stereo process is incredibly easy on the eye – which is good news, as the film runs for about three hours. Lovers of 3-D owe themselves this experience. The drama of that ship’s final hours and moments are more shocking, believable and tangible in this superb stereoscopic adaptation, and even the romantic scenes are somehow more romantic – it’s a widescreen, deep-screen treat!

Titanic Goes Deeper

October 18, 2009
Kate and Leo launch themsleves into three-dimensional theatre-space

Kate and Leo launch themsleves into three-dimensional theatre-space

There’s no stopping Hollywood movie director James Cameron – and I don’t necessarily mean that in a good way… The Hollywood Reporter informs us that he’s now tinkering with the idea of retooling his hit flick Titanic in order to have it re-released in 3-D.

The only aspect of that overlong, overindulgent film that ever appealed to me was its painstaking attention to historical detail. From the wall coverings to the furnishings to the crockery, Cameron saw to it that every detail of the film set was to be a faithful reproduction of the sumptuous, awe-inspiring real thing.

I didn’t care much for Cameron’s trumped-up, cross-class love affair between the working-class Leo DiCaprio and upper-class Kate Winslet, and I certainly could’ve done without Celine Dion’s heart (and high-pitched wailing) going on and on and on…

Cameron is a far better technician than he is a director. And if you don’t believe me, watch that superb 1958 British movie about the Titanic, A Night to Remember, and work out for yourself how many shots Cameron felt he needed to steal from it in order to enhance his product.

Would I visit my nearest 3-D cinema to see this dimensionally-enhanced Titanic? I would indeed. In his pursuit of technical and historical perfection, Cameron turned the backdrop of his movie into a living museum. And, if you’re in the business of duplicating reality, then stereoscopic 3-D is but a natural progression.

So, yes, I will endure this overblown epic again, because I believe that stepping on board the Titanic in stereoscopic, big-screen realism will be a thrill in much the same way as my childhood visits to the museum were. My little heart would tremble with excitement, as I knew that would be entering into other realities, far distant in time and geography from my orderly suburban existence. So bring it then, Mr Cameron, and I promise to sit through all 194 minutes of it. Although I can’t promise not to squirm during Celine Dion’s caterwauling…